Former President Barack Obama released a Taliban commander from Guantanamo Bay during his tenure in office, who is reported to be the mastermind behind the overthrow of Kabul last Sunday.
Khairullah Khairkhwa was arrested and held in Guantanamo Bay prison following the attacks of 9/11 having been accused by officials at the Pentagon for being a very close associate of the terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. He was kept in the top-security prison because he was deemed to be too dangerous to be released.
But Khairkhwa was released in 2014 by Barack Obama in exchange for a U.S. deserter, who was court-martialed shortly after. When Khairkhwa was released alongside four other Taliban combatants, Obama assured the public that they would never cause trouble in Afghanistan again, being transferred to Qatar.
But the freed detainees set up a new base and terrorist regime in Qatar, despite being exiled.
Western diplomats quickly recognized the ‘Taliban Five’ as representatives for the Taliban during early “peace” talks. Khairkhwa himself sat directly across the table from Zalmay Khalilzad, Biden’s envoy to Afghanistan during peace talks in Moscow.
Khairkhwa was directly responsible for laying out the terms of the U.S. withdrawal agreement.
During the summit, Khairkhwa was very opaque about his motives, claiming that he started his war of jihad in order to “establish an Islamic government,” and promised that his war would continue until that goal was achieved.
Taliban officials told news network Al Jazeera that they planned on bringing their Qatar leadership into the country after capturing Kabul.
Co-founder of the Taliban, Abdul Akhund, returned to Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years last Tuesday.
Part of Khairkhwa’s promise at the peace conference deal was that the Taliban would no launch an offensive if Biden committed to removing all U.S. troops. He also falsely promised not to persecute Afghans who cooperated with the U.S. military or the Kabul government. But the earliest reports from Kabul describe door-to-door operations to find and execute the Taliban’s enemies and anyone who cooperated with western powers, U.S. or otherwise.
Khairkhwa is known to be personally responsible for the oversight of archaic methods of torture and execution such as stoning and beheading while acting as the Taliban’s interior ministry.
Obama traded Khairkhwa and four other terrorist combatants in exchange for Army Sgt. Robert Bergdahl, who the Taliban captured after Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan.
Obama called Bergdahl a heroic prisoner of war, but the soldier got court-martialed and plead guilty on charges of misbehavior and desertion.
Author: Darin Weaver